Police Blotter

September 2, 2010

By Staff

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Mail theft

A woman reported that five outgoing checks were stolen from her mailbox, in the 13000 block of Southeast 95th Way, between 9 a.m. July 16 and 9 a.m. July 19. A suspect altered a check for $28 and cashed it for $480.

Home invasion

A man reported that a robber kicked in the front door of his home in the 12200 block of Southeast 91st Street at 10:35 a.m. July 27. The man was asleep in his bed when he heard two loud crashes, the sounds of the robber kicking in the back door. The man got up and found the robber removing a computer worth $350 and speakers worth $100. He yelled at the robber, but the robber said he had a gun and he would shoot if he were followed. The robber ran out to an early-1990s, American-made car, where a getaway driver waited. They pulled out quickly, creating a dust cloud and making it impossible for the man to see the car’s license plate.

Troubled relationship

A woman reported that her boyfriend hit her at 4:50 a.m. July 29. She was driving him home and he was damaging the car in a rage. He then hit her in the face. The woman called police after she dropped him off, and police arrested him.

Unwelcome house guest

Renton Police discovered a stolen chainsaw worth $500 and a leaf blower worth $250 at Cash America Super Pawn, 225 Sunset Blvd. N., Renton, July 30 and contacted the items’ owner, who lives in Newcastle. While looking into the loss of these items, the owner discovered that a family member and an invited guest stole the items, as well as a pair of 18-carat diamond earrings worth $1,000 and a digital camera.

Auto theft

A woman reported that her 1998 Honda Civic was stolen from Castle Creek Apartments, 6830 132nd Place S.E., between 10:30 p.m. July 31 and 8:40 a.m. Aug. 1.

Cheap remodeling thief

A woman reported that a new home in the 15000 block of Southeast 80th Street had been broken into between 4:30 p.m. Aug. 1 and 8:30 a.m. Aug. 5. Reported stolen were three Toto toilets, two installed thermostats, an installed shower fixture, a utility sink faucet and two installed bathroom light fixtures, all worth about $5,000. Two other installed toilets and numerous light fixtures were left untouched. Police found pry marks on the second-floor balcony’s doorframe, meaning the suspect either used a ladder to get inside or shimmied up the rock pillar that supports the balcony.

Wallet theft

A man reported that his wallet was stolen while he was playing basketball at Hazelwood Elementary School, 7100 116th Ave. S.E., between 4 and 10 p.m. July 28. The wallet contained the man’s driver’s license, military ID and debit card.

You’ve got mail

A man and a woman noticed an explosion from a mailbox just after 4 p.m. July 30 as they drove the 12700 block of Southeast 95th Way. The witnesses saw two teenage boys, ages 14 and 16, respectively, walking away from the explosion. The witnesses walked the boys to the porch of the house where the explosion occurred and called 911. The boys admitted to being bored and learning how to build a bomb on the Internet. The reporting officer drove the boys home.

That’s a car, not a hotdog

A woman reported pickle relish was smeared on her Toyota Corolla in her driveway, in the 14500 block of 166th Place Southeast, between 10 p.m. Aug. 10 and 11 a.m. Aug. 11. No damage was done, but the woman had to spend two hours cleaning her car.

Bike thefts

  • A woman reported that her bike was stolen from The Approach Condominiums, 6800 132nd Place, between 8 a.m. Aug. 9 and 9 a.m. Aug. 10. The bike, worth $800, was taken from a locked storage area. However, no damage was done to the door or the doorjamb.
  • A man reported that two road bikes were stolen from The Approach Condominiums, 6800, 132nd Place, between 11 p.m. Aug. 14 and 1:10 p.m. Aug. 15. The bikes, worth $2,500 and $3,255, respectively, were stolen from a locked storage locker. There were pry marks on the locker’s door, as well as on five other locker doors nearby, although it was unclear whether the other lockers had been entered.

Home burglaries

  • A man reported that his house, in the 8000 block of Coal Creek Parkway Southeast, had been broken into between June 3 and Aug. 3. When he visited the house, the front and back doors had been forced in and a guitar amplifier, a stereo/record player, microwave and miscellaneous tools had been stolen.
  • A woman reported that her home, in the 11300 block of Southeast 89th Place, was burglarized between 5 p.m. Aug. 14 and noon Aug. 15. The front door was pried open, causing $200 in damage. Stolen were jewelry worth $220, a laptop computer worth $1,200, a purse worth $2 and a 40-inch Vizio TV worth $1,500.
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